Department of Ecology News Release - September 3, 2013

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Ecology announces penalties for second quarter of 2013

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) issued $141,800 in penalties of $1,000 or more in the second quarter (April, May, June) of 2013.

Ecology issues individual news releases for penalties of $10,000 or greater. Links to the news release are included in the table below. A particular penalty may be fully satisfied at this time or in the process of an appeal or settlement discussions.

Communities, families and businesses depend on clean air, land and water, and on reliable water supplies. Complying with our state’s and our nation’s laws helps assure this. See Ecology’s “Protecting Washington's Quality of Life” website portal for more information.

Ecology works with thousands of businesses and individuals to help them comply with these laws. Penalties are issued in cases where non-compliance continues after Ecology has provided technical assistance or warnings, or for particularly serious violations.

The money owed from penalties may be reduced from the issued amount due to a ruling by the Pollution Control Hearings Board or a negotiated settlement. Ecology doesn’t benefit from penalty payments. The final penalty amount owed and collected is deposited in special accounts that pay for:

The most common accounts receiving collected penalties are:

April 1 - June 30, 2013

County City Date Issued Recipients Description Amount Media contact
Chelan Leavenworth 5/17/2013 Mellenberger Property
Daniel Mellenberger
Burned prohibited materials in an outdoor fire, including demolition debris from three travel trailers and a chicken coop over three days from March 23-25, 2012. Conducted the outdoor burning without an approved burn permit $1,600 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Clark Battle Ground 6/17/2013 Gold Medal Group LLC/Dennis Pavlina Failed to implement conditions of an order required to offset damage caused by illegally filling in some 37 acres of wetlands while preparing to build Battle Ground Commerce, a mixed-use development. This caused critical damage by reducing natural flooding and erosion control, water filtration and purification, and ground water recharge. $9,000 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
Douglas East Wenatchee 5/17/2013 Circle K Stores, LLC Owners failed to comply with reporting, recordkeeping, and release detection requirements for fueling operations. $1,100 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Jefferson Port Townsend 5/21/2013 Sea Marine The company failed to conduct monitoring as required by its permit, did not keep required inspection reports or checklists and missed four monthly monitoring submittals. $1,000 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
King Seattle 6/27/2013 Seattle Tunnel Partners Violated the state’s construction stormwater general permit for the State Route 99 tunnel project when material used to seal off closed storm drains was discharged into Seattle’s storm sewer in November 2012. $2,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle 4/24/2013 Glacier Northwest Discharged muddy water to the Duwamish River from a barge on Jan. 10, 2013. $3,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King Seattle                  6/25/2013 Marine Vacuum Service, Inc. Settled an Ecology penalty, originally $28,000, for illegally disposing hazardous waste, failing to properly document procedures, storing waste longer than allowed, and failing to maintain liability insurance.  News release. $19,600 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King                Seattle 4/12/2013 Shell Exploration & Production Co. Discharged oily water, containing  approx. two gal. of diesel oil, into Elliott Bay while servicing the drilling rig Kulluk at Vigor Shipyards on May 29, 2012. $1,200 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King                Redmond 4/12/2013 NW Maintenance And Janitorial Kinder Care Disposed waste floor-stripping material into a parking lot storm drain clearly marked "Drains to Creek, No Dumping" on Aug. 8, 2012 at 2060 152nd Ave. NE. in Redmond.   $1,600 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
King                Lake Forest Park 4/12/2013 Seattle City Light Delayed response to a 32 gal. mineral oil spill from a downed electrical transformer allowed oil to flow through a half-mile of storm drains and reach McAleer Creek, a salmon-bearing tributary to Lake Washington.  $2,100 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Kittitas Cle Elum                 6/13/2013 Espot LLC Owners failed to comply with reporting, recordkeeping, release detection and corrosion protection requirements for fueling operations. $1,000 Joye Redfield-Wilder,
509-575-2610
Pacific              Willapa Bay 6/25/2013 Sturgell Fisheries LLC Spilled nearly 675 gallons of oil to marine waters at the entrance of Willapa Bay on Jan. 25, 2013, after the crabbing vessel Genesis A ran aground on the Long Beach Peninsula. Investigators determined that human error caused the grounding and subsequent oil spill. News Release $11,500 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
Pend Oreille        Newport 4/10/2013 Mr. Don Storro Disposed of construction debris illegally by burning. $3,500 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Pierce              Tacoma 6/11/2013 RV Associates Spilled oil to the Hylebos Waterway while illegally deconstructing a derelict vessel known as the Hauff Barge. News release $4,800 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
Pierce              Tacoma 6/11/2013 Tacoma Industrial Properties  The company deconstructed a barge without a permit at its property along Taylor Road on the Hylebos Waterway. News release $20,000 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
Snohomish Mukilteo 4/16/2013 Industrial Plating Corp. Failed to take or delayed several measures required to protect water quality from wastewater discharges coming from the manufacturing facility. News release. $19,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Snohomish           Everett 4/19/2013 Robert Dossett; Aberdeen, Wash. Discharged oily bilge water from the vessel Saphire Sea into Union Slough at Seacrest Marina on June 14, 2012. Also assessed $4,995.51 for state spill response costs. $1,500 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Snohomish           Woodinville 5/28/2013 King County Released more than 10 million gallons of sewage from a 4,000 foot pipeline section near Thrashers Corner to North Creek and the wetlands area in Centennial Park between Nov. 19, 2012 and Jan. 9, 2013.  News release. $22,000 Larry Altose,
425-649-7009
Walla Walla             Wallula 6/11/2013 TransCanada The facility exceeded allowable emission limits for carbon oxide from a compressor station for a natural gas pipeline. $1,000 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Stevens Loon Lake                 5/8/2013 Loon Lake Self Service Owner failed to test and record inspections of fuel tank linings, lines and leak detection equipment. $1,200 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Stevens Clayton                  4/16/2013 Chief Petroleum Owner failed to maintain proper licenses, insurance, and records. $1,300 Brook Beeler,
509-329-3478
Thurston Lacey 5/11/2013 Sutter Metals  The company violated the state industrial stormwater general permit by illegally discharging oily, contaminated stormwater runoff and not using best management practices to avoid or minimize environmental damage. $2,000 Linda Kent,
360-407-6239
Whatcom Lummi Island 6/14/2013 Lummi Rock LLC Released oil five times during the removal of two offshore sunken barges in March, Aug. and Sept. 2012, totaling 79 gallons. News release. $10,300 Dustin Terpening,
360-715-5205

For more information:
Compliance and Enforcement (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/enforce.html)